Birthday: 01/18/1904 Year
Age: 82 year
Place of birth: Bristol, UK
Date of Death: 11/29/1986 Year
Place of death: Davenport, Iowa, United States
Height: 187 cm
Original name: Archibald Alexander Leach
Why in childhood Cary Grant took a Spaniard? What made the young man quit his home and move to America? Why in the US Carey called ‘Kangaroo’? Thanks to someone acting talent Grant noticed in Hollywood? Why the actor was awarded the only honorary Oscar and never has been awarded for a specific role? Is it true that the prototype of the James Bond was Grant? Why is his alliance with Barbara Hutton called ‘Cash and Cary’? How many wives was an actor, and how marriage has become the happiest in his life?
Childhood and adolescence Cary Grant shrouded in mystery. It is known that he was born on January 18, 1904 in the English city of Bristol under the name of Archibald Alexander Leach. My parents were poor and hardly engaged in education of his son. There is a version that Archibald was a foster child. This is indicated not typical for the British dark skin and dark eyes. As a child, it all took a Spaniard or Italian.
When Archie was 10 years old, his mother lost her mind, and she was sent to hospital. Father told his son that his mother died and brought home another woman. Already irritable and nervous young man even more estranged from the family hearth. His house was the street. Archie spent much time with vagrants and musicians, loitering near a variety of cheap and theaters.
In 16 years, Archibald Leach joined the troupe of wandering acrobats and with them went to America. Here he waited for a completely different life. The Great Depression did not spare anybody, except in Hollywood. Film Business flourished, which has a logical explanation: people wanted to forget the horrors of war, the economic ruin. They wanted a fairy tale, and it gave Hollywood. Here you can find a job, so Archie went to California.
The guy took 10 years to prove that he is capable of anything. The problem was not only in its complete ignorance, but also in a terrible accent, spoken by all the English ‘lower classes’. In an effort to learn the language of high society, he developed an unusual accent, similar to the Australian dialect. As a result, friends began to call him ‘Kangaroo’.
A start in life
For a long time Archie was selling neckties and worked as an extra, until in 1932 he was not lucky. At one audition actresses Leach served as a partner and has attracted producers. The film company ‘Paramount Pictures’ offered him a contract for 5 years and gave a list of the most resounding names and surnames. So Archibald Leach became Cary Grant.
In 1932, the newly-actor made his debut in the musical ‘This is the night’. A year later it was waiting for the first success. Then-star Mae West demanded that it was Grant became her partner in the film “She Done Him Wrong” (1933). The picture was a great success, and critics first talked about Grant’s acting abilities. In 1934 he reappeared on the screen along with the West in the film ‘I’m not an angel. ”
Carey gained weight in Hollywood and soon after it began to run girl. Tall, elegant, exotic and unusual tan accent, he was like a visiting foreigner-millionaire, but not at the amateur actors from a poor English family. So when he saw the actress Virginia Cherrill, then fell in love at first sight.
Cherrill was known for the role of a blind flower girl in Charlie Chaplin’s film ‘City Lights’. Grant few months caring for her, and in 1934 they were married. However, their marriage did not last, and one year. Virginia left her husband, saying that he is a psychopath and intolerable people. According to the actress, Carey was jealous to the point, do not hesitate to battering. Of course, he denied everything Grant.
In 1935, after the end of the contract with ‘Paramount Pictures’, actor renegotiated it to unprecedented conditions. He could participate in projects and other studios to pick their own role. This independence cost him that the company has never lobbied his interests. As a result of his career Grant has not received Oscar for a specific role in the film.
After her divorce from Virginia Cary Grant focused on the job, and his career went up. In 1935, he first appeared on the screen paired with Katharine Hepburn in the film ‘Sylvia Scarlett’. Their duet liked by the audience and was the beginning of a fruitful cooperation. In 1938, they played together in a madcap comedy ‘Bringing Up Baby’. The film’s success has been phenomenal, once again proving the outstanding talent of the Grant.
40s were even more successful. Dexter Haven role in the movie ‘The Philadelphia Story’ (1940) Grant glorified far beyond America. The film gained great popularity and to this day remains one of the best love stories. Then the actor was nominated for two consecutive years in the ‘Oscar’, first for his role in the psychological drama ‘Penny Serenade’ (1941), then for the film ‘Only the Lonely Heart “(1942). According to Grant, this was the best role of his career.
Considerable popularity Cary Grant contributed to his collaboration with director Alfred Hitchcock – a master of suspense and psychological thriller. Hitchcock once admitted that he did not like to shoot the actors except Grant. It fits well into the world of the director, which was dominated by the boundless horror, tension and Cold blonde ‘. The actor starred in four films of Hitchcock, of which the best known ‘suspicion’ (1941) and ‘North by Northwest’ (1959).
Cary Grant’s personal life was full of scandalous stories. In 1942, the actor married the heiress Barbara Hutton large fortune. Carey strongly denies the rumors that he made a marriage of convenience, but their union has had such resonance that soon they were called ‘Cash and Cary’. Three years later they were divorced, and Grant was depressed. He began to drink, gradually slipping into the abyss of desperation.
Who knows what would have resulted in alcohol and drug abuse (it is known that the actor took LSD) if Grant had not met Betsy Drake – dvadtsatitrehletny beauty from an educated family. Her father was a writer, and the girl herself composing radio plays, studied astronomy, and practices yoga. In 1949, they were married and lived together for 12 years. Their union seemed strong, but another affair Grant and destroyed the marriage. It is noteworthy that the actress Sophia Loren, which is so sought Carey denied him by the producer Carlo Ponti. The actor was left without family and without the woman he loved.
In the 50s Grant began to appear on the screen much less frequently. He worked at his pleasure, and most of the time spent with Hitchcock. By the way, Ian Fleming said many times that it is the image of Grant in the movie Hitchcock served as the prototype of James Bond. Fleming even recommended an actor for the lead role in the first part of the ‘James Bond’, but he declined due to old age.
The last great film Carey became a detective ‘Charade’ (1963), where he played with Audrey Hepburn. In 1970, the actor was awarded an honorary Oscar.
Cary Grant was married twice: to Dyan Cannon, presented him with a daughter, Jennifer and Barbara Harris. Barbara, who was under the Grant for 46 years, he married in 1981. They were quiet measured life in California until the death of the actor. It happened in 1986, during a farewell tour of America.
November 29 at a meeting with fans Grant became ill and was taken to the hospital. On the same night, he died of a massive stroke.
The actor has always struck his wit and sense of humor. When one day he heard that all the guys want to be like Cary Grant, then replied that wants to be like him. And in the end he did it. Actor cope with failure Archie Leach and got everything from life what he wanted.
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